Fifteen of the photographs I took during a train ride Jan and I took from Istanbul to Adana got published in the International Lens Magazine. The trip was, in many ways, a time travel for me, reminiscent of my childhood and youth when I took the train many times. As we rode for 23 hours in our sleeper cabin, we enjoyed the scenery flying by giving me a single chance to photograph much of what I saw.
The train with its own rhythm, ta-ta-ta-tat, ta-ta-ta-tat, took 23 hours to go about 600 miles. That was mainly due to much of the railroad being single track, necessitating waiting for the train coming from the other direction. Of course, during some of this time, we slept or were in a sleep state of some sort. We ate in the restaurant in one of the cars ahead, a modest eatery but with enjoyable service. Other than those designated periods, I photographed almost nonstop.
All the scenery remains anonymous which is a good opportunity to separate the photographs from reality and focus on the photograph itself. I get some satisfaction from braking that umbilical cord even if for the duration of viewing these photographs. I will never know who that brave young woman was shaking a sheet nonchalantly from a second-story balcony with no railings.
So, this is Anatolia, very briefly, as published in the International Lens Magazine, August 2019.
I have more of these photographs among my portfolios. And, the Lens Magazine will be happy to sell you a print or a PDF copy at MagCloud.